Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) will have a 20¼-cent levy up for renewal during regular school board member elections Tuesday, Sept. 10.

This 20¼-cent levy has been in effect since 1966 when community colleges were created. It is not a new levy and the amount has not changed. Voters in the college's district last approved this levy in 2003.

Iowa community colleges are authorized by Iowa Code to ask voters in their districts to approve a levy for up to 10 years to help fund equipment and technology purchases, library acquisitions, utilities payments and maintenance. At its April 15 meeting, the NICC Board of Trustees approved that the levy be included on the Sept. 10 ballot.

The 20¼-cent levy is derived from the taxable valuation on property. For example, if a homeowner's taxable valuation of a house is $100,000, the homeowner is currently supporting NICC at $20.25 per year through this levy.

The NICC district area includes the counties of Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek. Annually, the college delivers coursework to more than 7,000 credit students, including more than 2,600 high school students, and provides workforce training and continuing education programs for more than 21,000 community members.

Students enrolled in college programs, continuing education classes and job training programs attend campuses in Calmar and Peosta, at centers located in Cresco, Dubuque, Manchester, Oelwein and Waukon, or online. For more information about the college, visit nicc.edu.